News Bits: HP DV4000, Sonoma ToughBook, Lenovo Approved, Fujitsu P7000 Update

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HP DV4000 and Compaq V4000 15.4″ Screen Notebooks now Available

HP has added to its Pavilion DV line of notebooks with the dv4000 15.4-inch widescreen notebook.  The Compaq Presario v4000 is also available now too, it is very similar to the dv4000 but with slightly different design, software load and hardware components.

HP dv4000 Front View (view larger image)

Specs for HP dv4000 and Compaq v4000

  • Intel Pentium M “Sonoma” processor family with 1.6GHz to 1.73GHz speed processors (Celeron processors and older Pentium M processors will also be available for configuration)
  • Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (Intel 900)
  • RAM expandable up to 2GB
  • 15.4-inch widescreen
  • 6-in1 Digital Media Card Reader
  • 1 PCMCIA card slot
  • 1 Express Card slot
  • 4 USB 2.0 ports
  • S-Video Out
  • FireWire
  • 802.11 and Bluetooth wireless
  • 10.1 inches x 14.1 inches x 1.32 inches (length x width x height)
  • 40GB – 100GB hard drive with 5400RPM option for up to 80GB hard drive
  • Brightview screen option available
  • 24x DVD/CD-RW combo or DVD+/-RW (single and dual layer) available as options

The HP dv4000 and Compaq v4000 will differ slightly in design and such things as LED colors and functionality of the touchpad (v4000 will have 4-way directional support, dv4000 is just 2-way), but no other huge differences.

More: HP Pavilion dv4000 Image Gallery (8 images), Compaq v4000 Image Gallery (8 images)

More: HP DV4000 Buying Page, Compaq V4000 Buying Page

Panasonic Debuts World’s First ‘Sonoma’ Platform Rugged Notebook


Panasonic has redesigned their best-selling rugged Toughbook, the Toughbook CF-73, to incorporate Intel’s latest Centrino(TM) mobile technology.  This means the CF-73 is the first rugged notebook available on the market with the new Intel Pentium M processor.

More: Panasonic CF-73 Press Release

Lenovo Buyout of IBM Gets Go Ahead from the US Government

The government was investigating the buyout of IBM by Lenovo of China due to some concerns they had with national security and certain technology falling into the Chinese hands that could be detrimental to the U.S.  Apparently the government realized PC technology is not exactly rocket science and few top secrets exist in such an industry now.  And so the government gave the Lenovo deal their seal of approval and the sale will go through.


Pentium M to get 64-bit support and Extreme Edition, Maybe…

The Inquirer is reporting that Intel will counter the AMD Turion 64 Mobile Processor with a Pentium M Extreme Edition, the article is an alphabet soup of potential Intel Pentium M releases and you’ll probably have to read it through twice or thrice to understand it all, but an interesting and inciteful read nonetheless:


Fujitsu P7000 Refresh, Processor Upgraded Pentium M 1.20 GHz Ultra Low Voltage

For all of those ultraportable fans out there, the news of a 1.20 GHz processor, an upgrade from the in the popular Fujitsu P7000 notebook will be good news.  The P7000D has a 10.6″ Crystal View display and a built-in optical drive but weights only 3.3lbs to provide ultra portability but good power and functionality.  The newly upgraded P7000 is available now.





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